WeDrive was founded at the end of 2017, when it became clear that leading players in the Autonomous Vehicle sector clearly didn't understand the needs of the tens of millions of global commuters relying on public transportation in urban environments, since they themselves obviously don't use mass transit regularly. The AV evolution/revolution — especially for mass transit — will absolutely be a "human" challenge as much as a technological one.
A group of "Startup Nation" Anglo Israelis worked through the most central, inevitable problems and formulated a detailed strategic approach to solving them. We formalized the key elements into a unique solution, and started validating our ideas with transit operators and vehicle manufacturers. The feedback has been invigorating and consistently positive.
We realized that, just as it takes a village to raise a child, so too does it take a team to launch a company, and we've been gathering together the best people we can find.
Our current team includes:
Dena L. Bailey
Dena is an early adopter and UX fanatic who comes to WeDrive from the world of publishing, where she has ten years of experience in technology and design, including coordinating teams, workflows, and international production logistics. She works with the members of our team to help them translate their dreams and ideas into reality.
Eliyahu taught himself electronics and built his first computer from chips and solder as a 12-y/o in the mid-Seventies before switching to software, and went on to work at such places as Bell Laboratories and Computer Associates. However, he prefers the agility and fast pace of startups, and so has worked at about a dozen since 1981. Besides "power commuting" w/ 30-40 rides per week, he's also a vehicle geek, and sometimes rides public transportation just for the fun of it.
Elie is a Software Quality Assurance specialist with a very strong technical background, including Automation of QA frameworks, architecture and coding. He graduated from Paris University XII in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Computing. In the 25 years since, Elie has worked on various high tech projects as a QA team leader and project manager, and spent a lot of his time in finding solutions to complex problems. He also achieved foundation level ISTQB certification along the way.